3 Latin-Inspired Dining Destinations in Cave Creek

Editorial StaffNovember 8, 2022
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Big flavors abound in this small town north of Phoenix.

El Encanto Mexican Café. Photo by Angelina Aragon
El Encanto Mexican Café. Photo by Angelina Aragon

Ofrenda reads like a more Yucatecan, seafood-focused version of Barrio Café, with Pueblan-inspired fusion entrees such as Pasta en Nogado (tagliatelle with a poblano- and raisin-studded walnut sauce) running point for a well-authored selection of tacos, salads and gourmet hand-food.
7100 E. Cave Creek Rd.
480-488-2187, theofrenda.com

Tonto Bar & Grill
Tonto Bar & Grill stands on the original site of the Rancho Mañana dude ranch, once the largest of its kind in Arizona. Enjoy fresh baked breads and house-made desserts
5736 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd.

El Encanto Mexican Café
The food at this longtime favorite is consistently good. Just as good: the charming patio that overlooks a duck pond. Stick with Sonoran basics like the huevos rancheros. Other locations: Carefree (623-780-5948) and Fountain Hills (480-837-1070).
6248 E. Cave Creek Rd.
480-488-0024, elencantorestaurants.com